(by Jonathan D. Kindall) The story of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and a galaxy far, far away has been with us for nearly 50 years now, and with 11 movies, a hit television show, and a number of animated spin-offs available to watch, it’s certainly an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. But with all the Star Wars content out there (and so much more planned for release in the coming years) it can be hard to know where to start, especially if you’re new to the franchise. We’re here to help though! In this article, we’ll highlight the can’t-miss Star Wars movies, tell you which order you should watch them in, and teach you how you can watch alongside your friends with Stream Party!
What is Star Wars About?
Beginning in 1977 with a single science-fiction movie, Star Wars is a pop-culture entity now known worldwide. In the 42 years since the first movie’s release, the universe and characters within it have become one of the biggest media franchises of all time, with the film series alone making more than $10 billion. Featuring humans, aliens and robots living in a world where space travel is common, the Star Wars franchise follows a number of characters, some with powerful skills and gifts, as they fight for survival and good in a universe that’s nothing like our own.
How Can I Watch the Star Wars Movies With My Friends?
All Star Wars content—including live-action movies, shows, and animated cartoons—is available to watch on Disney + right now. If you want to watch with your friends and family in person, you need only to have a TV with Disney + access to do so. But what if you want to watch with friends across the world? One option is Stream Party, a service that lets you watch your favorite shows with friends no matter where you are. Free to use, Stream Party lets you synchronize video and chat with your friends as you watch, and services like Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, and YouTube are all supported! So read on, text your friends and get ready to start that Star Wars marathon today!
In What Order Should You Watch the Star Wars Movies?
As of April 2020, there have been eleven live-action Star Wars feature films released—nine in the main “Skywalker Saga” and two anthology films that connect to the wider universe. The first movie, Star Wars: A New Hope, was released in 1977 and the most recent, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, was released in 2019. So, if you’re new to the Star Wars franchise, you’d think to just start with A New Hope and watch the films in the order they were released, right? Well, as most all Star Wars fans know, it’s not quite that simple.
When Star Wars: A New Hope was released 42 years ago in 1977, it was marketed simply as Star Wars, with no subtitle at all. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that the numbering and subtitle began to appear in promotional materials and in new copies of the film. But even then, viewers noticed something curious. The subtitle read Episode IV: A New Hope. Episode four? Had they somehow missed the first three movies? Were they supposed to know more about what was going on?
Not at all. George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars films and director of many of the movies, had sweeping, epic plans for the Star Wars universe from the very beginning, but when the cast and crew made the first film, no one knew if it would even make any money, let alone spawn a decades-long media franchise. So, while Lucas dreamed of making dozens of Star Wars movies—constantly writing scripts for what came before and what would come next—he chose to make the movie he thought would be most appealing to audiences first.
If you watch A New Hope then you’ll notice references to a bigger universe all over the place. Things like The Clone Wars or the Jedi Order are talked about and referenced throughout, but the film gives little to no context as to what these things actually are. Instead, it throws the audience into the middle of the action—the middle of the universe—and lets them experience it all for themselves. Not only did this ensure that Star Wars: A New Hope was a roaring success at the box office, but it also set the stage for Lucas to later go back and add as much context as he wanted to the Star Wars universe. And that’s exactly what he did.
16 years later, Lucas would return to the Star Wars Universe as a director to finally make Episode I, titled The Phantom Menace. This film and the two that follow (Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones & Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith) tell the story of the young Jedi Anakin Skywalker, and how he becomes the terrifying villain Darth Vader we see in the original films. With these three movies, collectively referred to as the prequel trilogy, Lucas was finally able to add the context he had planned on from the very beginning.
It doesn’t stop there though. After Disney purchased the Star Wars franchise for more than $4 billion in 2012, the media giant released three new films in the storyline: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, and Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. These films take place after the events of Return of the Jedi and feature older, wiser iterations of the characters in the original movies. These films (known as the “sequel” trilogy) also introduce a number of new, younger characters—a new generation of galaxy-saving heroes for a new generation of moviegoers.
So there you have it: the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, and the sequel trilogy. Nine movies collectively referred to as The Skywalker Saga. Add in Rogue One and Solo, two anthology films produced by Disney, and you have all 11 Star Wars feature films.
But we still haven’t answered the initial question—what’s the best order to watch them?
Release Order or Chronological?
Among Star Wars fans, there are two main arguments for the order in which you should watch the Star Wars movies. On one side are fans who believe that the best way to watch is in release order, starting with A New Hope and ending with Rise of Skywalker. On the other side are fans who believe watching the films chronologically is the best, starting with Episode I and ending with Episode IX. Here are the pros and cons of both:
This is the order in which the films were released, and if you’re looking to experience the Star Wars universe in the same way that many fans have since 1977, this is the way for you. Watching the films in release order is arguably the way that George Lucas intended, and if you’re watching with someone completely new to the franchise, release order is probably best, as it makes sure that the franchise’s biggest twists and turns are not spoiled for new viewers. The two anthology films, Rogue One and Solo, can be watched at any point in this structure, either in the order listed above or simply tacked onto the end.
This order follows the chronological timeline of when the movies are supposed to take place within the Star Wars universe. Starting with Episode I, fans who watch in chronological order will see Vader’s origin story before his fight against his son and the Rebellion. They too will then finish with the Disney films. Once again, Rogue One and Solo are not essential here, but if you wish to include them they fall between Episodes III and IV.
When watched in this order, fans are able to see the full arc of Anakin Skywalker’s story—his rise, fall and subsequent redemption. There’s real merit to this, as watching the prequels completely changes the way in which one understands the original trilogy. Seeing the epic space opera in this way truly makes it feel like the characters grow and change on their journey.
However, there are a couple of drawbacks to watching chronologically. The first is that going from a film made in 2005 (Episode III) to a film made in 1977 (Episode IV) can be rather jarring, as the visual and special effects are noticeably worse. This is again apparent when jumping from Episode VI to Episode VII. Additionally, watching the films in this order all but ensures that the mysteries and plot twists of the original trilogy are spoiled before you get to them. However, if you’re looking for a distinct beginning, middle and end to the Star Wars story, chronological is probably your best bet.
So Which Order Should I Pick?
The real answer here is that it depends! Both structures have their merits, and while the two viewing orders both have staunch defenders on the internet, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. If you’ve seen the films one way, perhaps try watching them the other the next time you view. If you’ve never seen the films before though, or if you’re watching them with a friend completely new to the Star Wars universe, perhaps consider release order—if for no other reason than to see the look on their face when it’s revealed who Darth Vader really is! Either way though, now that you know the pros and cons of both methods, you can decide with your friends which viewing order you want to try first. In the end, it’s up to you!
Which Star Wars Movies Is The Best?
As is the case with any major franchise, there are lots of debates within the Star Wars community as to which of the 11 films are the best. Ask any Star Wars fan, and they’re sure to have a ranking different from the person beside them.
Generally though, the original trilogy (Episodes IV, V & VI) are considered the best films in the Star Wars canon. These movies are all a piece of film history in their own right now, and many Star Wars fans consider the original trilogy to be untouchable in quality.
The same cannot be said for the prequel trilogy however. Even though filmmaking technology had improved quite a bit between 1983 and 1999, many fans walked away from Episodes I, III, & III disappointed. The prequels have since regained a bit of a cult following on the internet, but the general consensus among critics and fans alike is that the prequel trilogy does not quite match the heights of the original films.
Reception of the five Disney-released Star Wars films has been mixed. Many fans are happy to have Star Wars back at all, and the stories that these new movies tell are indeed exciting, sleek and fresh. But some find Episodes VII, VII & IX to be too derivative or lacking the heart of the originals and prequels. Others criticize them for being too “Disney-fied” complaining that the steady stream of releases is oversaturating the Star Wars market.
Just like with the viewing order though, which Star Wars movie is best is completely up to you. Each of three trilogies have their own distinctive style and feel, and it’s highly likely that one of those styles will appeal to you more than the others. As you watch the Star Wars movies, consider keeping track of which ones you like and which ones you don’t. Perhaps even start a ranked list, and compare with your friends as you watch over Stream Party!
StreamParty allows you to watch video content over streaming services such as Netflix or YouTube along with your friends. You can sync with your friends to play or pause at the same time. While watching, you can also talk to your friends over chat or video.
Supported Services: Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube and Joyn.
Talk to your friends through chat or video
Works on Firefox and Chromium-based browsers
Offers a free version of the service
Comes with a huge database of movies and episodes to select from
Very reliable service
Only supports 5 streaming services currently
The free version only allows 4 hours of private parties per month with only 3 people
Only works on browsers
€4.00 per month €9.00 quarterly
€5.00 per month €12.00 quaterly
Unlimited Public Parties
Videochat in Private Parties
Hosting 4 hours of private parties per month
Up to 3 people in a private party
Top-up extra hours
Everything in Free
Unlimited time for private parties
Up to 6 people in a private party
Everything in Premium
Up to 50 people in a private party
Videochat for up to 6 People
With Invited, you can watch TV series, films, anime, or listen to music with others using a shared virtual browser. You can take turns controlling the browser and chat with your friends using emojis, gifs, and over video.
Supported Services: You can stream any webpage in the browser.
Not limited to a few streaming services
Has a proxy feature for accessing location-specific content
Includes both free and paid options
Free rooms have a limit of 2 hours
Relatively new service
Can host and join parties
Capped at 2 hours
2-hour limit removed
Kosmi lets you play games, watch videos and talk to your friends or strangers. You can talk over video, text, and voice chat. All of this is possible right within your browser. It does not require any sign-up or installation.
Supported Services: You can stream any video in your browser and files from your computer.
Does not require any registration
Includes games that you can play with others
Has emulators for running console games
Some features are accessible only after signing up
Video chat windows can feel a bit small
Create a private room or join a public lobby
All features available under no sign-up
Can see names of participants when they are typing
Using Watch2Gether, you will be able to sync videos from sites like YouTube or Vimeo with your friends and watch them simultaneously. It does not require any registration or browser extensions. It comes with an in-built text chat feature, audio, and video chat. All the members in the room can contribute to the playlist and add videos to watch.
Does not require any extensions or software installation
Only supports a few services
You will require a premium subscription to access exclusive features
Join other rooms
Invite room participants
Control room permissions for video, chat, and so on
No limit on the number of participants
Exclusive features like personal chat color and animated GIFs in chat messages
No banner ads in any room you visit
No banner ads in any room you create (applicable for all members of that room)
Early access to beta versions
Dedicated support email address
Metrastream is another group-watching website that lets you host streaming content for your friends. It is simple, easy to use, and does not require you to sign up. You just need to install the browser extension for this to work.
Supported Services: YouTube, Twitch, SoundCloud, Netflix, Hulu, Reddit, Crunchyroll, and many more.
Does not require any registration
Runs right within your browser
Allows virtually unlimited users to join a watch party
Everyone needs to own a paid account for the streaming service being used
Only supports Firefox, Chrome, and Chromium-based browsers
Start or join a new session
Invite others to join through a session link
No limit on the number of users who can join
This service does not offer any paid features
This service is currently a part of Watch2Gether, which has been talked about earlier in this list. TogetherTube lets you watch videos and listen to music with your friends online. It comes with several moderation tools and a voting system.
A voting system to decide what plays next according to users
Only supports free video streaming sites like YouTube
Play videos simultaneously in sync for every user in the room
Use chat to talk with others
Vote for which video will play next
Configure room settings
This service does not offer any paid features
Rave is a multimedia messenger app that lets you watch your favorite videos with your friends in real-time. You can simultaneously socialize while watching videos and shows over websites like YouTube and Netflix.
Supported Services: YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Google Drive, and more.
Available on both iOS and Android
Supports several streaming services – both free and paid
Allows chatting over text or voice
Is only available on mobile devices
Apps are full of bugs, according to reviews
Watch Netflix with friends
Stream videos from YouTube
Text or chat over voice
Sync your music from your music app
Some features of the app can be accessed through a premium subscription only:
1-month subscription plan – $1.58
6-month subscription plan – $8.18
1-year subscription plan – $13.20
Teleparty allows you to sync a TV show or a film with your family members and friends. It was previously known as Netflix Party since it only worked for Netflix. Now you can use it with Disney+, Hulu, and HBO.
Parsec is a service specially designed for cloud gaming with your friends. It can also be used as a streaming service. You can use Parsec’s systems to run any kind of resource-intensive application. You can also run the software on your computer and stream anything you want to another device.
Supported Services: Any software or service that you can run on a computer.
Can be integrated with Discord to chat and interact with your friends
You can stream films, shows, and videos through streaming services or files on your computer
You can play games with keyboard mapping and gamepad support
You need to rent a server to use it as a streaming client
To use Parsec for streaming, you need to rent a server through Paperspace or AWS.
You have to pay only for the duration you use the server. The price ranges between $0.50 to $0.80 an hour (depending on the host).
Mycircle allows you to create rooms, invite your friends and watch videos together. You can use free streaming sites or play a video file of your own. It lets you talk to your friends over chat while watching the videos.
Play anything from your own media library or use one of the streaming sites
You can make a public or a private room
Meet new people based on shared interests
Only available on Android and iOS devices
Does not support paid services like Netflix
Chat over video, audio, or text
Stream media in real-time
Host watch parties with your friends
Meet new people
Airtime does not offer any paid features.
14. Together TV
Together TV is a national TV channel and a digital platform that runs programs based on creativity, well-being, and British life in general. It focuses on the work done by voluntary and charitable organizations. It aims to promote such friendly activities and to motivate the audience to take part in them.
Supported Services: This service offers its own shows and programs.
Access wonderful programs related to social change and communities
Does not have features for group watching
The shows are available on the TogetherTV YouTube channel and the On-Demand pages on the website.
This service does not offer any paid features.
Syncplay is a computer application that allows you to sync playing, pausing, seeking, and other video controls with your friends over the internet. It helps everyone within a virtual room get a shared viewing experience.
Supported Services: Video files in your computer and media streaming links.
Watch a video, show, or film together with your friends
A premium streaming subscription is not required; you just need the video files on your computer
Does not have text, voice, or video chat features
Both you and your friend need to have a copy of the video file you are trying to sync
The app is available for free. You can perform all the actions like playing, pausing, and seeking while in sync.
This service does not offer any paid features.
Kast is a virtual video sharing service. It lets you watch videos with your friends from its content library. It also includes screen sharing, text, voice, and video chat features. Kast is not only available on your computer but also your mobile devices. It allows 100 people at a watch party simultaneously, while up to 20 people can share their camera or screen.
Explorii is a web service and mobile app that allows you to watch and share content with your family and friends. You just need to create a virtual room, invite the members and start watching. You can watch anything from films and TV shows to live sports events.
Supported Services: YouTube and other free streaming sites.
Access Kast TV’s own collection of content
Share your screen with your friends
Talk over text, voice, or video
Less support for third-party services
Screen sharing requires a premium subscription
Stream and watch videos with friends
Host virtual rooms
Password protect your rooms
Join rooms nearby
Explore new rooms
This service does not offer any paid features.
Twoseven is a video sharing and streaming platform. It enables interaction only through chats and does not support audio commentary. The primary motive of Twoseven.xyz lies on three different pillars – real-time experience sans latency, live reactions on webcams, and supporting maximum video streaming service.
Supported Service: YouTube, Netflix, Apple TV, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney, and many more.
Supports a range of streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime, Netflix, Screenshare, and more
Supports live reactions on webcams
Seamless performance without latency
Does not Support audio messages
Hefty selection of compatible streaming providers
Supports as many as 40 participants
You can avail different benefits when you sign up to become a patron with Twoseven. All the stages include additional benefits depending on your pack-
Social Distancer* pack at $3/month
Convivalist pack at $5/month
Connector pack at $10/month
Greater Sage pack at $20/month
SyncLounge is an impeccable platform that plays sync media. If you are a Plex user, this app has a dedicated co-watching app for Plex. SyncLounge allows access to the Plex library and enables you to create a private room for friends and family. Although SyncLounge uses its private server for passing data, its sync with Plex’s data is impressive. It also provides a platform to chat with the other members to create an interactive watching experience.
Automatically searches for available Plex media servers for similar contents
Syncs the Plex clients over the internet
Play the content directly in SyncLounge
Lacks interface themes
Lack of HTPC Support
All the features and functions are free. However, you need to register to use the services.
Watch all the Plex content with your friends and family
Chat and interact while watching
AnimeParty is solely dedicated to streaming Anime content. It enables you to watch and create private rooms to share with family and friends. The platform also has its own Anime library from where you can select your favorite show and start watching right away.
AnimeParty also has a group chat option where you can chat and interact with other users. It also has excellent playback sync that ensures you do not encounter any issues while streaming videos.
AnimeParty does not provide any service without registration.
You need to register to use the services and create rooms on this platform.
Designed by Mozilla labs, TogetherJS offers much more than streaming videos. It allows instant real-time collaboration for websites and applications as well. What sets it apart from other real-time collaborative systems is that it is absolutely free.
Supported Services: TogetherJS supports browsers like Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.
Enables audio chat using WebRTC
Form Field Synchronization
Continue watching across multiple pages on sites
Requires WebSocket support
No HTTP-based fallback
Compulsory WebRTC requirements
TogetherJS offers all the services for free.
It does not support any paid version yet.
22. Caracal Club
Caracal Club allows streaming a virtual web browser. Therefore, Caracal Club works with every website, and you do not need to share your screen. The hosts are allowed to create public or private rooms and pass the controller or remote to whoever they want.
Although it does not allow for a voice and video chat option, it supports text chats for interactive sessions. Since it enables virtual web browsers, it has to run and encode videos from the browser and supports only a limited number of free rooms.
Supported Service: It supports browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge.
It has an interactive text chat feature
Works very closely to the former Rabb.it
Can be used as a real virtual web browser to encode videos
Does not offer audio and video chat feature
Does not offer Chrome OS compatibility
Sometimes, Safari macOS does not work
Access to dedicated servers
20 hours user limit
Room duration 5 hours
Slower Fallback droplets
Access to dedicated Servers
Make room anytime
50 hours user limit
Room duration 7 hours
Slower fallback droplets
Access to dedicated Servers
Make room anytime
50 hours user limit
Room duration 7 hours
Faster fallback droplets
Tutturu.tv provides a shared browsing service where you can invite your friends to watch and take control over a shared browser. You can now visit any site you want. The platform is simple, and its layout is similar to discord. Tutturu.tv is a great alternative to Twoseven and Rabb.it.
Supported Services: YouTube, Anime, Reddit, and more.
Private rooms and virtual web browsers
Audio and text chat support
None spotted so far
Join watch parties
Share and create screens
Limit on the maximum number of hours
High traffic caveat
$5 monthly or $50 yearly
Skip the queue
TeamFlix is another screen-sharing platform that allows you to share your PC screen with your friends and loved ones to watch videos online. You can get a shareable link without signing up on TeamFlix. The link allows your friends and family to join your chat room and watch the video you are playing.
Supported services: Netflix, Vimeo, Reddit, Facebook, Imgur, and more.
Teamflix is a free platform.
Teamflix does not offer a paid version yet.
25. Surge Live
With strong tools, Surge gives you the best party watch experience. It uses proprietary technologies that connect all customers to the same video source and allows users to view their favorite videos from home to home with family and friends.
Surge Live allows streaming up to 4K Ultra High Definition, so don’t skip a single piece! Surge Live allows unrestricted users to be big or small in your group and not be charged for a membership to any space.
Supported Service: Hulu, Netflix, Tv, Anime, and more.
Unlimited users without subscription
Proprietary software that links all clients
4K ultra definition streaming
No problems have been reported so far
$5 monthly or $50 yearly
1080p stream quality
Exclusive badges and more
You can share your movie screen with this web application. CyTube is the light app without your data or bandwidth. It just adds to your film screen when you view it on your browser. You remain private to other screens, and no details are shared except the films you are prepared to watch together.
You can watch movies with your friends regardless of the gap with these apps.
Supported service: YouTube, media sharing, arbitrary channels.
Provides media synchronization
Available chat options
Google Drive integration
Needs extension to install
No audio or video chat option
It does not offer any service without registration.
You need to register to watch or share the videos.
27. Sync Video
If you want to watch videos with your friends through anonymity, it’s great for you. For your friends, you can conveniently watch videos online with a nickname.
You’ll get your own space after registering your nickname. You should allow friends to watch online videos. You can also generate new rooms or new nicknames at any time.
You can call friends to your room whenever you want using the “invite” option in the upper right corner of your page. Although this is an alternative for video sync, you can make your room public if you wish to.
It offers its service for free. All you need to do is register.
It does not offer any paid service yet.
It is an open-source platform to stream videos from YouTube, Netflix, Vimeo, and more. It is easy to navigate and provides a decent viewing experience for friends and families. However, it does not support any interaction feature. You can easily create and join a room using the link. The service is free of cost and does not require registration to play and stream videos.
Supported Services: Netflix, Vimeo, Facebook Watch, and more.
Does not require registration
Supports desktop browsers
Does not support interactive rooms
Limited support services
Wavering video quality
Turtle.tv provides free services.
It does not provide paid services.
Scener lets you talk with friends and watch movies and TV shows. Hang out in a video chat or host a party of friends for film nights regardless of how far away you go. It supports a range of browsers and platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, and iPhone. You can easily choose shows and videos to watch together. It also includes features like GIFs, emojis, and more to make movie nights fun.
Hearo is your large interactive platform that you can share with friends in private or fans in public on high-quality full-screen videos. You can party with anyone; they are fully multi-channel. Hearo has simple volume adjustments for both video and speech. Click your phone to post animated emoji responses on-screen if words don’t suffice. You can invite family and friends to watch films, games, videos, and TV shows.
Supported Services: Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, YouTube, Twitch, and more.
Voice interaction with up to 20 people
One of the biggest watch-party platform
Watch and cheer big games across platforms
Does not work on all devices
A heavy application that may cause the phone to crash
The Hearo.Live app is free to download.
It does not offer any paid version yet.
Watchparty.me is an excellent app to synchronize the video that everyone is watching in the room. It plays, pauses, skips, and syncs to all the viewers. Moreover, it allows you to create a room and share the link with your friends and families to invite them to the watch party. You can also watch video files by URL or stream a file from your computer.
Supported services: Browser files, computer files, URL, YouTube, and more.
Video and chat integration
Excellent media synchronization
No registration required to download
No issues have been detected so far
Watchparty.me is free to use for all.
It does not offer any paid service yet.
“Watch together with friends, is described as Popitalk! Popitalk is just what you need to watch along with your mates. It makes the text more exciting and friendly, and it is one of the finest Video & Film tools. It has its own video library with a number of movies, videos, anime, and educational videos that you can select to view. For several sites, including the web, Windows, Mac, Google Chrome, and Linux, there are more than 25 alternatives to Popitalk. The best choice is a free and open-source Metastream.
Jelly-party is another solid platform to sync videos, audios, and more to create a fantastic watch-party experience. It is an excellent app for video synchronization and also provides notifications with floating chat options. You will receive a notification anytime someone sends you a link, sends you a text, or starts a watch party. Users also have the option to change their “avatars”. The playback is updated within five seconds.
Supported Services: Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, and more.
No registration required
Free to use
Experimental video and audio chat feature
No problems have been detected so far
Jelly-party is a free product.
It does not offer any paid version so far.
You can watch YouTube with your friends synchronized with Synctube. This is a browser extension with which you can easily create new SyncTube lobbies and add videos to existing lobbies.
You can create a new SyncTube lobby from your open YouTube or HTML5 video connection with a single click. Send your opened YouTube video or HTML5 video link to an existing hall – the host lobbies are detected automatically!
To watch a movie or stream videos on Bingetogether, you don’t need any browser plugin. It is a free, easy, and great platform to synchronize videos and watch them together. As the name suggests, Bingetogether allows you to give binge-watching a shot with your friends. It supports audio chat for fun, interactive sessions. You can also easily create movie party URLs to send to friends and family and enjoy your binge party!
Supported Service: Netflix, Vimeo, Prime Video, YouTube, and Disney+.
Voice chat available
No browser plugin needed
Supports more than one streaming service
Needs an account with the streaming service
No video chat support
Bingetogether is free for all.
There is no premium membership for this platform.
Giggl.app is another interesting internet portal that allows you to browse the web together with your friends and family. You can not only watch and stream movies but also host meetings and create endless possibilities. Giggl provides a simplified browsing experience and is one of the fastest ways to connect people in real-time through shared content. It is an interactive solution to view something, chat, play games, host meetings, and perform other online activities.
Giggl.app is free and does not have any restricted service.
There are no premium plans launched so far.
To watch something on streamtogether.com, first, you need to download it on your phone or download the extension to your chrome to watch videos with your friends and family. Streamtogether creates a synchronized experience by syncing play, pause, and skip across all the viewer’s devices to create the best possible feeling of watching together.
Supported Service: Netflix, Vimeo, Prime, and more.
Supports several streaming platforms
Notifications for joining the watch party
Compulsory extension needed
No audio/video chat option
It is an open-source, free watch party platform.
There are no premium plans offered by this platform.
Dj3d is an open-source, free platform that offers a 3D room where you can stream YouTube, play games, watch movies, and do more without hassle. Dj3d is a simple, creative, and high-quality platform that syncs videos across devices and users to provide the best possible experience of a watch party.
Run live streams for gaming, cooking, teaching, and more
No cons have been detected so far
Dj3D is a free platform for streaming videos.
It does not offer any premium plans.
Vemos is dedicated to making movie nights simple, enjoyable, and easy in the comforts of your home. It supports several streaming services for free and has a full, built-in video chat feature that allows you to interact with your family and friends while watching movies and videos together. It is an open-source platform that allows in-time synchronization for everyone in the room.
Supported Service: Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, and more.
Built-in video chat room
Link sharing without registration
Needs Vemos extension
Does not work on any different site
Need relevant subscription to access the video
Vemos is entirely free of cost.
It does not offer any premium plan as of now.
40. Disney+ party (native)
GroupWatch was launched in 2020 and is a Disney Plus feature that allows you to view a movie, short, or television show title on the streaming platform with friends and family.
GroupWatch syncs streams so you can all have the same viewing experience, even if you cannot watch it personally together. Note that anyone you invite has to have a Disney Plus account to join, although you can stream up to four different profiles together on the same account.
The Disney Plus website or mobile app enables you to launch and join GroupWatch. You can also offer real-time reactions while looking at the smiley face icon by clicking or tapping.
After everyone joins, anyone can start the streaming
Anyone can leave the party without disrupting the others
Allows only up to six people for the watch party
Does not support native chat and video chat
Allows only one stream at a time
Movies that are not titled “premier access” can be watched by everyone.
If some movies are “crowned” or need “premier access”, you will need to pay to watch that movie or series.
41. Prime Video watch party (native)
The Prime video watch party solution allows synchronized playback of content, and there is a chat feature that helps party members to connect. Amazon’s Watch Party for Prime Video doesn’t fit on the service Android or iOS versions. It does not support the Fire TV Stick either. Amazon also says the feature is also not supported for Internet Explorer or Safari browsers.
Amazon invites a limit of 100 participants to participate in the Watch Party session. Furthermore, each delegate must have an Amazon Prime membership to join the list. The Watch Party functionality is only available on the desktop and is free of charge to all Prime Members at no extra cost to their membership. It’s only open on a web browser.
You need an Amazon Prime subscription to watch the videos with your group.
Mydisneypal.com has a decent user base of over 6000 people. It runs on an extension that allows users to watch Disney plus content free on the platform. My Disney Pal enables synchronization across the media platforms and includes a chat feature along with cool reactions that makes your Disney watch party fun, interactive, and exciting. Overall, it is an excellent platform to watch Disney plus movies and videos online with friends and family.
2020 was a challenging year that had most people turning to virtual spaces for connection and comfort. Video-talking platforms, social media live communication, and social media streaming – we grasped for distractions and interaction through our devices.
By the time June 2020 came around, the online world had baked so much banana bread and done so many TikTok challenges that all we wanted was to spend some time with our friends and family who we couldn’t see in person.
As a result, group watching platforms like NetflixParty and StreamParty have been in great demand. But, will this trend stick around after the pandemic?
Social Viewing Platforms In The Time Of Coronavirus
Required to social distance and stay home, our favorite social activities were no longer available to us. No going to social gatherings, no dinners at restaurants, and no movie nights. People had to find creative ways to stay occupied and connected.
While bingeing a couple of series on your own certainly occupies your time, sometimes doing it on your own just didn’t have the same kick as enjoying all the drama with somebody else. And that’s where the potential of social viewing or group watching platforms came in to save the day.
But, users did not just want to stream their favorite stuff, they also wanted to get back some of their quality time with friends and family.
So, it was no surprise when Twitter shared this stat, “The terms ‘Watch party” and ‘Netflix party’ have risen over 500% on Twitter in Canada.” Group watching spaces, like StreamParty, allowed viewers to stream content from different platforms with their friends and family, giving them access to their community when they needed it most. It’s no wonder platforms like these have grown so much.
Will There Be Demand Post-COVID-19?
It may seem a little like an unsustainable fad, set to end when COVID-19 comes to an end… But, we wouldn’t write group-watching off so quickly.
Think about all the social platforms we already used pre-COVID and how important they have become in our day-to-day. Video calls, video conferences, social media, tons of platforms we’ve used to connect with people all over the world. The pandemic may have increased the demand for some of these platforms but many people were already using them.
It’s the same with group-watching sites. It’s no new idea (Facebook launched their version of the feature in 2018) but now that people are more aware of its value, it may also become a permanent part of our lifestyle.
Plus, living within the pandemic is changing people’s social behaviors, which may mean that more people will even opt to have online screenings instead of physical ones in the future.
There are so many instances in which online group watching may suit people more than in-person visits. Think about long-distance relationships, people who get overwhelmed in crowded places like cinemas, people with disabilities, and even your average movie genre lovers.
So many people can benefit from streaming movies or series virtually instead of having to physically go somewhere. It eliminates all types of barriers while bringing people together.
Beyond how we imagine group watching now, virtual reality and augmented reality can change streaming entirely. Imagine meeting your friends in a virtual reality world and experiencing the series together – all from the comfort of your couch. So, as it stands, the possibilities for group watching after COVID-19 are endless.
How To Make The Most Of Your Virtual Movie Nights
So far, this article’s been a lot of chat about how group streaming platforms gained popularity and whether that popularity will last. Now, let’s see how you can use StreamParty to improve your time spent indoors right now.
How To Create A StreamParty Account
Go to the StreamParty Website and select ‘Register’.
Download StreamParty’s browser extension, available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox for macOS or Windows.
To open the extension, click ‘Create StreamParty.’
How To Create A Group Streaming Party
Log in to your account or register using the steps above.
Choose the content source you want to stream from. Ie: Netflix.
Play any show in the window that pops up on the left side of your screen.
Make your party private (only invited friends can join) or public (anyone can join).
Choose a Party name and a starting time.
You’ll get a link to share with the friends you want to invite.
How To Join A StreamParty
Click on the invite link.
Select ‘Join Party’ and the platform will automatically load your flick for you.
Once everybody has joined, the video will stay in sync and leave nobody behind.
You and your mates can use live chats or in-app video calls to discuss what you’re watching. #FilmCriticsWorldwide. You can comment live using the extension, and the chat room will pause your movie if you want to see each other’s faces mid-movie.
The scheduling function means nobody can make excuses for not pitching. You can decide what you want to stream, set the time, and share your link in advance.
If you miss being out in public and meeting new people, you can join public screenings.
There are additional features available within the range of pricing plans. The Free plan allows you to have unrestricted public parties, video calls in private sessions, and up to 4 hours of hosted private parties with up to 3 people. You can also upgrade to Premium and BusinessLite, or top-up a free plan to get some of the superior features.
In A Nutshell
Many co-watching platforms have emerged in 2020. From Instagram Co-watching to Twitter’s version of the feature, digital businesses took note of the need to link up. So, this area of streaming will surely continue to develop.
Right now, 2021 requires us to keep our 2020 values. Many still have to stay home and social distance. Frankly, there is no better way to keep sane indoors than to stay in touch with your loved ones and watch a movie together.
watch streams with friends and people you care about
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